|Nearest Town: Round Lake
Primary County: Nobles
Survey Date: 06/01/2010
Inventory Number: 53000700
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|Species||Number of fish per net||
Average Fish Weight (lbs)
Normal Range (lbs)
|Bigmouth Buffalo||Trap net||0.29||0.2 - 1.0||3.35||2.6 - 5.8|
|Gill net||2.00||0.8 - 7.0||2.26||N/A|
|Black Bullhead||Trap net||2.71||11.5 - 132.6||0.92||0.2 - 0.4|
|Gill net||5.33||30.3 - 150.6||0.83||0.2 - 0.4|
|Black Crappie||Trap net||1.57||1.2 - 20.5||0.37||0.2 - 0.5|
|Gill net||0.67||1.4 - 13.8||0.25||0.2 - 0.4|
|Bluegill||Trap net||2.57||1.2 - 20.0||0.32||0.1 - 0.4|
|Common Carp||Trap net||0.57||1.0 - 5.5||11.63||1.4 - 4.6|
|Gill net||1.00||1.0 - 13.8||3.86||0.8 - 3.7|
|Freshwater Drum||Trap net||1.00||0.2 - 3.3||0.07||0.3 - 1.0|
|Gill net||1.67||0.5 - 8.3||0.85||0.4 - 1.7|
|Northern Pike||Trap net||0.14||N/A||3.31||N/A|
|Gill net||1.33||1.1 - 8.0||2.45||1.8 - 3.4|
|Orangespotted Sunfish||Trap net||0.29||N/A||0.04||N/A|
|Walleye||Trap net||0.14||0.5 - 3.0||0.11||0.8 - 2.3|
|Gill net||1.67||2.3 - 18.1||1.31||1.0 - 2.3|
|White Crappie||Trap net||29.43||0.3 - 6.0||0.42||0.3 - 0.6|
|Gill net||4.67||0.5 - 8.4||0.12||0.2 - 0.3|
|White Sucker||Trap net||0.14||0.3 - 2.6||1.81||1.0 - 2.0|
|Gill net||4.33||0.8 - 6.5||2.49||0.9 - 2.0|
|Yellow Bullhead||Trap net||0.71||0.5 - 2.5||1.10||0.3 - 0.7|
|Gill net||0.33||0.5 - 3.5||1.05||0.3 - 0.7|
|Yellow Perch||Gill net||16.67||2.7 - 25.0||0.45||0.1 - 0.3|
|Species||Number of fish caught in each category (inches)|
|For the record, the largest Smallmouth Buffalo taken in Minnesota weighed 20 lbs., 0 oz. and was caught: |
Statistics: 32" length, 23-3/4" girth
Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years
|Privately Stocked Fish|
|* indicates privately stocked fish. Private stocking includes fish purchased by the DNR for stocking and fish purchased and stocked by private citizens and sporting groups.|
|Stocking Fish Sizes|
|Fry - Newly hatched fish that are ready to be stocked usually called "swim-ups". Walleye fry are 1/3 of an inch or around 8 mm.|
|Fingerling - Fingerlings are one to six months old and can range from a size of one to twelve inches depending on the species. Walleye fingerlings range from three to eight inches each fall.|
|Yearling - Yearling fish are at least one year old. A one-year-old fish can range from three to twenty inches depending on the species. Walleye yearlings average from six to twelve inches.|
|Adult - Adult fish are fish that have reached maturity. Depending on the species, maturity can be reached at two years of age. Walleye reach maturity between the ages of four and six years.|
Indian is a 204-acre class 43 lake located approximately 2 miles southeast of the City of Round Lake in Nobles County near the Minnesota-Iowa border. The lake has a maximum depth of 6.0 feet, has a watershed to lake ratio of 38 to 1. Indian is managed primarily for black and white crappie, while northern pike and walleye are managed as a secondary species. The lake has had a history of low oxygen readings and is therefore aerated during the winter months.
The walleye gill net catch rate of 1.7 fish/net in 2010 fairly low when compared to lakes like Indian. The gill net catch rate was considerably higher in 2004 with a catch rate of 17.7 walleye/gn. The walleye gill net catch rate was 2.3 in 2000. The low catch rate in 2010 can be attributed to walleye yearlings being stocked in 2003 rather than walleye fingerlings. Since natural reproduction is limited, this left empty year classes in 2003, 2004, and 2005. The only fish sampled during the assessment in 2010 were from the yearling stocking in 2003 and fingerling stockings in 2006 and 2009. A change to the management plan with increased frequency of stocking may improve the catch rates as well as fishing. To create a "fishable" walleye population and meet the long range goal for Indian Lake, the stocking frequency should be increased to two of three years or every other year. Lengths of walleye caught in gill nets ranged from 9.3 to 21.0 inches and had an average length of 13.6 inches.
Both black and white crappie are available to anglers in Indian Lake. Black crappie have 7-8 dorsal spines with dark splotches against a white background on their body. White crappie have 5-6 dorsal spines and black splotches that form vertical lines on their bodies. The black crappie trap net catch rate of 1.6 fish/net in 2010 was also low when compared to other lakes similar to Indian. The black crappie trap net catch rate was 7.3 fish/net in 2004 and 19.3 fish/net in 2000. Lengths of black crappie caught in trap nets ranged from 5.5 to 11.4 inches and had an average length of 8.3 inches. In contrast, the white crappie population is doing quite well in Indian Lake. The white crappie trap net catch rate of 29.4 far exceeds what we would expect in Indian Lake. Typically white crappies tend to thrive in more turbid waters which is what we would expect for this larger watershed. Lengths of white crappie caught in trap nets ranged from 6.5 to 14.0 inches and averaged 9.0 inches.
The northern pike gill net catch rate of 1.3 fish/net in 2010 is a little on the low side and is down a bit from previous fish surveys. Lengths of northern pike caught in gill nets ranged from 19.7 to 24.4 inches and averaged 22.1 inches.
The yellow perch population is in good shape in Indian Lake. The gill net catch rate of 16.7 fish/net is just above the long term average catch rate of 16.3 fish/net. Lengths of yellow perch caught in gill nets in 2010 ranged from 5.2 to 12.4 inches and averaged 9.1 inches. It is likely that good perch fishing could be had on Indian Lake.
Black bullhead numbers are low in Indian Lake but the average size is quite good. Lengths of black bullhead caught in trap nets ranged from 10.4 to 13.4 inches and averaged 11.6 inches.
Other fish sampled during the 2010 assessment included bigmouth buffalo, common carp, bluegill, freshwater drum, orangespotted sunfish, white sucker, and yellow bullhead.
To maintain a healthy fishery in Indian Lake; we need to promote Best Management Practices (BMP's) within the watershed to help reduce nutrients entering the lake. High nutrients and sediments in a lake can cause algae blooms and reduce water clarity.
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DNR Information Center
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155-4040
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